Pomegranate Gin Fizz

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Cocktail History

The Pomegranate Gin Fizz is Christmas cocktail from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club. Our variation of this recipe calls for a classic London Dry Gin and adds seasonal party flair with homemade grenadine, bubbles, and dancing pomegranate pips.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

London Dry Gin: This is one of the base spirits. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Sparkling Wine: This is the other base spirit. It adds bubbles and wine flavor. Any bubbly will work, but for exceptional flavor, we recommend going with a higher end sparkling wine.

Grenadine: This adds sweet pomegranate flavor and turns the drink a brilliant pink-red color. We made ours using Alex’s homemade grenadine recipe.

Pomegranate Seeds: These mostly just enhance the presentation of this drink. We bought seeds from the store instead of deseeding a pomegranate ourselves because that can take a lot of effort.

Demerara Sugar Cube: This adds a hint of sweetness and makes the pomegranate seeds dance throughout the fizz as you sip.

Tasting Notes

The Pomegranate Gin Fizz features both the aromas and the taste of sparkling wine with the latter accented by a bright but slightly bitter sweetness and a strong herbal character.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This recipe finally gave us a reason to make our own grenadine for the first time, and it was well worth it. The store-bought candy apple red stuff just doesn’t hold a candle to the true pomegranate-flavored syrup that makes this drink stand out. And although this is a very simple drink, we both though it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at any holiday party both in presentation and taste.

Alex’s Take: “This champagne cocktail is pretty tasty, but honestly the homemade grenadine and pomegranate seeds don’t add too much to the flavor. This recipe does make for great spectacle though! Adding a sugar cube to the bottom of the glass keeps the bubbles flowing and the pips moving around constantly, but as for taste it is admittedly a bit underwhelming. Make it in batches at the next Christmas party, and it’s sure to be a hit even if just for cosmetic purposes.”

Kendall’s Take: “This is a simple cocktail with a pretty straightforward taste mostly just of slightly sweetened sparkling wine. I love bubbly cocktails for that reason; they’re easy to sip. The pomegranate seeds dancing in the drink were a nice touch that would definitely impress your guests at a holiday party, and because there’s an ounce of Broker’s gin perfectly masked by the bubbly, they’ll also wonder why they’re so tipsy after just a couple.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club.

AuthorGin O'ClockPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz London Dry Gin
 Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Homemade Grenadine
 6 Pomegranate Seeds
 1 Demerara Sugar Cube

Method
1

Add gin and grenadine to a cocktail glass or champagne flute.

2

Stir gently.

3

Top with sparkling wine.

4

Drop in sugar cube and pomegranate seeds.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz London Dry Gin
 Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Homemade Grenadine
 6 Pomegranate Seeds
 1 Demerara Sugar Cube

Directions

Method
1

Add gin and grenadine to a cocktail glass or champagne flute.

2

Stir gently.

3

Top with sparkling wine.

4

Drop in sugar cube and pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Candy Cane Martini: A vodka cocktail made with white crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, simple syrup, and crushed candy cane

Sugar Cookie Cocktail: A vanilla vodka cocktail made with amaretto, Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, simple syrup, and sprinkles

Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, an orange wedge, mint, and cranberries

Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

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